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Now in English--A. Shashin's Book

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  • #16
    The book is very different from anything else I have seen.

    The author describes a form of true dynamics in the context of the middle game. Attack, positional issues, defense are in the mix; much like many regular games.

    Most treatises discuss dynamics in the context of attack. This book assumes a continuum.

    To do this book and the forum justice it will take some time before I will post a review.


    • #17
      Glad to hear you've already recognized the uniqueness of the book.

      Verification that "it's not just me"

      Shashin, though, says that the principles and algorithms hold true for any position--not just the midgame.

      On page 161 of Chapter 6, he even presents an algorithmic analysis of the Opening Position.

      He also introduces, at that late date, the idea of "weights" of various chess pieces. The only place in the book the idea of "weight" seems to be mentioned, though earlier in the book he refers to the "density" of pawns increasing as they near the queening square.

      The algorithms do indeed represent a continuum, as you've noted.

      I have so far found but several typographical errors in my study of the book, on page 29 of the paperback edition, move "18...Bishop to a6" is a typo/error--the figurine of a "Bishop" is displayed, rather than the correct one of the Rook.

      Ba6 is an impossible move, and the pgn of the game at Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush (1956) "'Tis Better Tolush and Lose than Never Tolush at All" clearly shows that the move should read "18...Rook to a6" (Ra6). There's another mistaken figurine within a page or three of that. Not that many errors, for a chess-book these days LOL And only one error in spelling which I've noted, hardly worth mentioning. Far superior to nearly every other post-modern chess-book I've encountered, in regard of errors.

      One of the must stunning proclamations I've ever encountered in a chess book occurs on page 343:

      "Notice! Non-linear, non-proportional effects are possible."

      This is great, and I can imagine a small warning placard by the control-console of Dr. Who's TARDIS displaying exactly the same warning.

      ( A. Shashin = Dr. Who??)

      I'm absolutely delighting in this book, zatoichi. I'm hoping you'll favor us with reports of your ongoing progress with it.

      BTW, WELCOME TO BS CHESS. is a Russian page, regarding Shashin's book....hopefully your browser will translate--if this is necessary for you. The table of contents shows alot of content which didn't make it into the current Mongoose Press book--is a second volume to be released, I wonder?

      Some chapters that didn't make it into "Best Play":

      Magic Numbers in chess.
      The problem of large numbers of chess.
      Geometry and mobility.
      Material, space, and time.
      The initial chess position.

      Fragments of the thermodynamic model of a chess game. Alpha and Omega (instead of an epilogue).

      In the meantime, I'll re-extend the invitation to more immediate collaboration in back-engineering the book and discussion of the methodologies as they are presented to any and all who purchase it.
      Last edited by Celadonite; 07-30-2013, 08:33 PM.
      "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch


      • #18
        Finally succeeding in parsing the confusing elements in Shashin's book.

        It boils down to a technique for determining tempo inserted within the text on page 18 and used for several pages thereafter, never to again resurface in the book--vestigial stuff, from earlier modellings I suspect.

        It's insertion was ambiguous, neither clearly referring strictly to the "m" parameter in his methodology, nor to the "t" factor.

        With that clarified to my satisfaction, his methodology is comprehensible and logical. I'm going to continue studying examples he presents, and am looking forward to applying his methodology to my study of Nezhmetdinov's games, afterwards.

        Anyone here besides myself and Zatoichi who's yet acquired the book?
        "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch


        • #19
          Tune in Next-Decade, by which time maybe somebody else will have actually studied the book and find themselves interested enough in its contents to bother attempting to discuss it.

          Until then, gather virtual-dust, O-My-Thread.
          "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch


          • #20
            ...and another bump, out of sheer orneriness.

            Anybody bother buying this book yet? Or, having bought it, delved into it?

            *echoes resounding in the magnificent solitude*
            "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch